Please join us for our January Coffee Hour that will feature Mariane Hedegaard, Copenhagen University. Mariane will be talking with us about the challenges of creating early childhood education that prepares children for elementary school without allowing standard schooling practices to undermine the centrality of exploration and play. Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont, University of Neuchâtel, and Antti Rajala, University of Eastern Finland will be present to lend their expertise to the discussion.
Early Childhood Education is a topic that connects very directly to an acute crisis in the way the foundations of school-based/classroom-based learning are currently practiced– different visions/commitments to their ideals of future adult community members. Put starkly, there is an ongoing struggle between creating defenders of current, “evidence based” practices and those who are seeking to create future innovators capable of meeting the seemingly intractable challenges of current that confront our societies and our species. As a social institution, early childhood is where the State arranges the future so that the twigs are bent in the direction that the status quo requires. Creating model alternatives is the task that our guest discussants are engaged in.